The Eight Similes of Illusion

1340359be6476bf5722cf577dba3cd48As in a dream, all external objects perceived with the five senses are not there; they are mental fabrications.

As in a magic show, things are made to appear by a temporary conjunction of causes, circumstances and connections.

As in a visual aberration, things appear to be there, yet there is nothing.

As in a mirage, things appear but are not real.

As in an echo, things can be perceived but there is nothing there, either outside or inside.

As in a city of clouds, there is neither a dwelling nor anyone to dwell.

As in a reflection, things appear but have no reality of their own.

As in an apparition, there are all sorts of forms but they are not really there.

―Patrul Rinpoche

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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6 Responses to The Eight Similes of Illusion

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2015年01月26日 (週一) 10:47 PM 寫道﹕

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  2. Kevin DeCantillon says:

    Dear Tashi,

    Thank you for your posts. I have found myself looking forward to them and, more importantly, learning from them…and enjoying the calm they bring in the midst of the day. Your sharing is, for me, a companioning.

    Be well. Be with peace. May wisdom and compassion be joined for all beings, everywhere.

    Kevin (Katsugen Kensho)

  3. dharma pen says:

    Tashi…I made up my own (ahem): As in a breath…there is truly no coming, and no going…

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